“We will remove you”
“If he does not listen to us or make a change, after we make a stink at his offices, we will physically remove him,” said Olsen Kahiriri, Representative of the civil rights group, ‘Restoring the Dignity of our People’ about the Mayor of Windhoek, his Worship Muesee Kazapua.
“The Mayor is democratically elected into office by the people, therefore if we feel he is not doing his work, we have the mandate to remove him forcefully. The office does not belong to him, he is there for the people, by the people,” threatened Kahiriri.
The group is adamant not to give up on this battle and said they are willing to go to extremes to effect change in Windhoek and in Namibia. “We are happy to see that the rest of the country is also protesting and making their leaders accountable for their actions, which include the students and the landless,” he added.
Restoring the Dignity of our People believes that the government is sitting on a time bomb because people are dissatisfied and claimed this is a wave that will eventually turn into a Tsunami, that will be unstoppable.
Monica Nambelela, a Director of the Group hinted to the Economist that they have more campaigns and much bigger plans to make the lives of Namibians better and to hold leaders accountable. “We are taking our movement internationally. I do not want to say a lot about our plans but we are tired of the elites prospering while the people are living in inhuman conditions,” she emphasised.
She also predicts that during the next census, it will be found that 8 out of 10 Namibians, (regardless of being a graduate or uneducated) will be staying in informal settlements or be homeless. “This is very scary. For a country like Namibia this is not supposed to be happening, but we will not give up, we are tired of the atrocities that are happening in this country,” she stressed.
The Group has also reaffirmed that all systems are still go to stink up the Mayor’s office with their faeces in 3 months’ time, even though the Mayor’s office has not responded to their petition.
The Economist called the Mayor’s office to get a response but they are adamant that the petition that was given to them on 25 January 2016 was unauthorised, therefore they can do nothing about it because it is not an issue.
“He must sit in that airconditioned office of his and eat the last part of the hot dog, we are coming for him,” exclaimed Kahiriri.
The group’s petition is based on Article 8, Chapter 3 of the Constitution which states that human dignity should be respected and this is a fundamental human right. The Group argues that since the officials are the custodians of the constitution, both national and local government is in contravention of universal inalienable human rights, therefore they categorically demand that their petition is adhered to.